School of Earth and Environment

Anne Tallontire Dr Anne Tallontire

Senior Lecturer: Business, Environment & Corporate Responsibility; Pro-Dean for Student Education

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36469
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Room: 8.105a
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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Student Education Leadership & Practice

I am the Faculty of Environment’s Pro-Dean for Student Education, and in addition to faculty responsibility for our Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate programmes, I chair or am involved in the University's Inclusion and Engagement Strategy Group, Academic Leadership Roles Working Group and Organisational Development and Professional Learning STEC, with responsibility for oversight of new PRISE and PGCAP.

I have a Higher Education Academy Fellowship (2010) and was awarded a University Student Education Fellow (USEF) in 2013-14. Using funds from this award I undertook an investigation into how staff can facilitate better engagement in group work by students. This project "Making Group Work Work" has produced the following which have been presented and discussed at faculty and LITE Seminars (September and October 2016) and the University’s annual Student Education Conference (Jan 2017).


BA (1st class honours) Economics, Politics with North American Studies, University of Leeds, 1991

M.A (Distinction) Development Studies, University of Leeds, 1993

PhD, Development and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford, 1999


I am a member of the Development Studies Association and an active member of the DSA study group on Business and Development.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

I am an inter-disciplinary social scientist with over twenty years of experience. My background is in economics, politics and development studies and have research in various parts of Africa, including Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Sudan and South Africa. Much of my recent research focuses on the way in which the private sector, including through corporate social responsibility, affects development. I look at this in two different ways: through a focus on supply chain relationships and also sustainability standards, such as fair trade.

I consider who benefits in the supply chain, whose voice is heard in the governance of the supply chain, and the standards that are used to promote sustainability. My experience has largely been I the agri-food sector where I focus on the impacts and perspectives of those at the producer end of the chain. I have undertaken research and consultancy projects for a variety of national and international clients, including UK Department for International Development, Department for Food and Rural Affairs, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, Foreign Investment Advisory Service of the World Bank, Ethical Trading Initiative, United Nations Common Fund for Commodities, Food and Agriculture Organization, Hivos.

I am a member of the Fair Trade International Symposium (FTIS) Steering Group. The next FTIS will take place in Portsmout 26-28 June 2018. See here for call for papers (deadline 15 December 2017).

I have three current projects:

N8 Agri-food Strategic Pump Priming project “Differentiated resilience in global food systems: a food sovereignty approach”. PI working with Elisa Greco and colleagues across SRI and the Uni as well as York, Lancaster and Newcastle. To March 2018.

ESRC LSSI Impact Accelerator Grant: “Embedding a learning culture and facilitating Fairtrade –academic links” . PI working with Joy Justice, building on her PhD work with Fairtrade International, and aiming to produce a joint paper & workshop with the Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning Unit at Fairtrade International.

Climate Information for Resilient Tea Production (CI4T), CoI on project funded by CDKN from May 2017 to April 2018 led by Professor Andy Dougill,

Recent research

I was Principal Investigator for an ESRC-DFID research project - The Governance Implications of Private Standards Initiatives (2007-2010). Much of my research has been related to sustainability standards including fair trade. I recently wrote a chapter on Fair Trade in Africa to this edited volume: The Handbook of Research on Fair Trade, eds. Laura T. Raynolds and Elizabeth A. Bennett, London: Edward Elgar, March 2015. .

This working paper draws on some of my experince on sustainability standards:

Tallontire, A., Nelson, V., Benton, T. and Dixon, J. (2012), ‘A review of the literature and knowledge of standards and certification systems in agricultural production and farming systems’. NRI Working Paper, No.2. September, 2012. UK: Chatham.

I am Co-Investigatator for BURNS - Building Up Resilience in Supply Chains, a White Rose Colloborative Project. To date, we have produced the following working paper:

Anne Tallontire, Bob Doherty, Chee Yew Wong, William Young, Mike Tse, Severine Saintier, Zoe Ollerenshaw, Mina Said-Allsopp, Corrado Topi, David Oglethorpe (2015) Building up resilience in agricultural supply chains:towards an integrated approach, SRI Working Paper No. 79, SRI Papers (Online) ISSN 1753-13

I am an active member of the following groups in the Sustainability Research Institute:

Across the University, I am involved in the following research centres:

Prior to joining the University of Leeds I was a Research Fellow at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich where I managed the Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme, established in 1997 as the first body focused on the promotion and investigation of social and environmental dimensions in trade from the perspective of developing countries and poor people. I began working in this field in the mid 1990s, by studying for a PhD on fair trade on coffee, focusing on the relatioship between European fair trade organisations and a coffee co-operative in Tanzania.

Teaching Interests

I am currently Pro-Dean for Student Education for the Faculty of Environment and was Director of Student Education for the School of Earth and Environment from 2012 to 2016. I teach on modules in the the following programmes:

Project details

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Completed PhDs

  • Mina Said Allsopp: Female Empowerment Within Global Value Chains: A Study of the Dynamics of Employment within Kenyan Export Industries
  • Betty Chinyamunyamu: The Impact of Government Interventions in Agriculture on Women Farmers: The Case of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP)
  • Rowshan Hannan: Reducing poverty through co-operative enterprises
  • Rebecca Howard: Pathways to ‘Fair Carbon’: Assessing Fairness in Standard Setting and Carbon Projects
  • Adrian Fenton: Climate change adaptation and microfinance: A potential win-win scenario?
  • Claudia Pollen: An Analysis of Women’s Agency in the Zambian Floriculture Industry using a Global Production Network Approach: Mechanisms and Pathways for Agency.

I am currently supervising the following postgraduate researchers:

  • Liz Morgan: "Ways of framing climate change to drive material scale mitigation and adaptation strategies of large consumer-facing businesses"
  • Laura Smith: How can peace research contribute to thinking about CSR and development and in what ways can approaches to CSR deliver sustainability in extractive contexts in the global south?
  • Heather Briggs: Vertical agriculture in Europe: what contribution to sustainability?
  • Simon Manda: Large Scale Agricultural Investment and livelihood impacts: the case of sugar in Zambia
  • Chris McCann: Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains
  • Jose Manuel Vega Barbero: Supply chain resilience through fair trade and co-operative governance